Archives for September 2012

Sk8 4 Fitness

Whether it’s been years or hours since you last strapped on a pair of roller skates, I’d venture to guess that you had a blast while they were on. Skating is an excellent way to have fun with friends at any age. But outside of providing a great time, did you know that roller skating is also a great form of exercise?

Yes, indeed! Adding roller skating, whether it’s with quad skates or inline skates,  to your normal exercise routine offers a ton of health benefits that you probably never thought if! Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout but also improves your balance, endurance, and lower body strength. Think about it. Each time you skate out onto the rink you’re jamming out to the music, trying to lap your friends, and having a blast, all while your heart rate gradually rises. You don’t even realize you’re getting a high-energy aerobic workout that is comparable to running at 10 mph or more, probably because the stress that your body takes on from skating is far less than that of running or jogging.

So now that your heart rate is up, what else is skating providing you? Well, think about how your legs and hips feel toward the end of a song. Your thighs, hips, and calves all work together to keep you moving forward and staying upright. You’re actually doing strength training, using your own momentum and body weight, while rocking out to your favorite tunes at Playland! Plus, the more you skate, the easier it it will be to stay out on the floor for extended periods of time. As your cardiovascular health and strength are heightened, your endurance will also improve. So while first-time skaters may need to take a breather after a few laps, a more experienced skater can keep going!

Finally, what do you get when you combine strength training, endurance training, and improved cardiovascular health? Weight loss! Believe it or not, roller skating for 25 minutes, three times a week can burn upwards of 750 calories. Who needs the treadmill anyway?

Lucky for you, Playland Skate Center is the perfect place to boost your weekly amount of exercise and have fun at the same time. We have a number of open skate opportunities during the week to come burn a few calories, but our favorite would have to be the Sk8 4 Fitness sessions every Friday from 12:30 -2:00pm. Playland is the best source of skate fitness for adults and kids in Austin, Tx, so what are you waiting for?

Playland Party FAQs

balloonsAlong with being Austin’s largest, most entertaining skating facility around, we are also happy to provide skating parties filled with good old fashioned family friendly fun! We’ve had some great parties here lately, and even more inquiries about scheduling, so we thought we’d take the time (er, blog space) to go over some of the questions we hear most when trying to plan a party at Playland.

First thing’s first, what is included with a party reservation?
When you all to make your reservation you will insure a table(s) for your guests for two hours, the ability to bring food into the rink, quad rollerskate rentals for your guests, pitchers of drinks, and a birthday (or other special event) announcement. While we provide the drinks you are able to bring in pizza, cupcakes, ice cream, and other snacks, as well as the paper products needed for your party. Since we don’t reserve rooms, tables only, most guests bring party-themed paper products, balloons, and centerpieces to serve as table decorations. *Please no confetti!* Table reservations are made based on the number of skating guests you have.

Next question on the list, do I need to make a deposit and what if something comes up where I’m forced to cancel?
YES, we ask that you make a deposit upon reserving your party slot. Deposits can be made in person by coming to the rink or we do accept credit card numbers over the phone. Since we have so many party inquiries, cancellations or schedule changes can be make 7 days before your original party date for a refund.

And the final FAQ, what do I do on the day of my party?
It’s party time! Be sure you check in at least 15 minutes before your scheduled party time. Payment and guest list will be given during check in and our staff will take you to your reserved table(s). Your guest list should include the names of everyone you invited, whether they RSVP’d or not. We understand that some guests may show up last minute, so to insure no one is left out please let us know if we can add names of unexpected guests. We will check your guests in as they arrive and. You will be charged for every kid that arrives, whether they skate or not. Guests’ parents are welcome to attent admission free so long as they are non-skating. If parents decide to skate along with the kids they will be counted as an additional guest charge.

Check out a more detailed list of party FAQs

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Take a Virtual Tour of Playland

In case you haven’t had a chance to swing by Playland since our recent renovations, we thought you deserved a virtual tour! Take a look around!

This doesn’t mean you can avoid swinging by to see it for yourself!